ALLAN, EDWARD HADDON
|Service:||Royal Australian Air Force|
|Date of Birth:||21 April 1921|
|Place of Birth:||Brisbane, Queensland, Australia|
|Decorations:||Silver Star (US)|
|Units:||No. 24 Squadron, RAAF|
No. 8 Service Flying Training School, RAAF
No. 1 Bombing and Gunnery School, RAAF
No. 2 Wireless Air Gunners School, RAAF
No. 3 Wireless Air Gunners School, RAAF
Heavy Bomber Replacement Training Unit, RAAF
|2 March 1941||Enlisted with the Royal Australian Air Force.|
Aircraftman 2nd Class on Enlistment.
|3 March 1941||Posted to No. 3 Initial Training School, RAAF.|
|21 June 1941||Promoted to Leading Aircraftman.|
|25 June 1941||Posted to No. 2 Wireless Air Gunners School, RAAF.|
|5 February 1942||Posted to No. 1 Bombing and Gunnery School, RAAF, Evans Head.|
|5 March 1942||Promoted to Sergeant.|
|9 March 1942||Posted to No. 8 Service Flying Training School, RAAF, Bundaberg.|
|10 May 1942||Posted to Headquarters, North Eastern Area.|
|3 October 1942||Awarded Silver Star (US).|
|20 January 1943||Posted to No. 1 Reserve Personnel Pool, RAAF.|
|22 February 1943||Posted to No. 2 Embarkation Depot, RAAF, Sandgate.|
|1 April 1943||Promoted to Flight Sergeant.|
|21 October 1943||Posted to No. 3 Wireless Air Gunners School, RAAF, Maryborough.|
|1 April 1944||Promoted to Warrant Officer.|
|9 October 1944||Posted to No. 1 Reserve Personnel Pool, RAAF.|
|27 October 1944||Posted to Heavy Bomber Replacement Training Unit, RAAF.|
|14 December 1944||Posted to No. 2 Reserve Personnel Pool, RAAF.|
Posted to No. 24 Squadron, RAAF.
|2 June 1945||Promoted to Pilot Officer.|
|6 August 1945||Posted to No. 2 Personnel Depot, RAAF.|
|7 November 1945||Posted to No. 3 Personnel Depot, RAAF.|
|13 November 1945||Discharged from Royal Australian Air Force.|
For gallantry in action over Lae, New Guinea on July 4, 1942. While on a daylight raid against an enemy-occupied area, the medium bomber formation in which Sergeant Allan was a lower turret gunner and radio operator was attacked by four enemy fighters during the bombing run. Sergeant Allan manned his guns and was instrumental in holding off the hostile fighters until completion of the bombing run. After the formation had dropped its bombs, it engaged in a running fight with the hostile fighters which had been joined by four to six more. Though hindered by a foggy sight, Sergeant Allan kept up a constant protective fire and probably damaged two of the enemy planes. After the enemy attack, the planes of the formation became separated because of extremely bad weather. Under difficult conditions, Sergeant Allan contacted the base by radio and having determined the location of his airplane, guided its return to its base.
World War 2 Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1948, ALLAN EDWARD HADDON : Service Number - 405313 : Date of birth - 21 Apr 1921 : Place of birth - BRISBANE QLD : Place of enlistment - BRISBANE : Next of Kin - Unknown, A9300, ALLAN E H.
Record updated on 6 March 2018.
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